Women's basketball 2011-2012 season comes to a successful end

April 11, 2012

By Keeley Brown
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State women’s basketball program made strides of improvement this past season under Head Coach Kristen Holt.

During the 2011-12 season, the Rams had an overall record of 13-16, and 9-5 in conference play, improving their conference record from the previous season’s 7-9 finish in the Mountain West. CSU earned a third-place conference ranking. Colorado State took a seven game win streak at home this season. The Rams also had conference sweeps over MW opponents Boise State and Air Force.

Colorado State added five true freshman to the roster this year: LaDeyah Forte, Hanne Mestdagh, Carlyn Chavez, Kara Spotton, and Morgan Hunt. Forte and saw substantial action for the Rams, taking the fourth-place rank in the conference with 106 assists.

Returning sophomore athletes Sam Martin and Haley Thompson helped lead the team with Thompson averaging 4.7 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, and having 22 steals this season and 13.5 points per game and having 29 blocks this season. Martin ranked fifth in the Mountain West in rebounding averaging 6.4, second with a free throw pct. of .907, and second with a field goal pct. of .556. Sam was also named Second-team all-conference

Mandy Makeever started in five of the nine games she played before falling prey to a shoulder injury, averaging 6.3 points per game, and 1.7 rebounds per game. Amber Makeever took a medical redshirt for the season due to a hip injury.

Junior Meghan Heimstra was voted Sixth Player of the Year this season. Heimstra’s steady play helped the team immensely with her averaging 8.1 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game and tallying 45 steals and 33 blocks this season.

Returning seniors Kim Mestdagh and Kelly Hartig helped successfully chief the team during their last seasons at Colorado State. Hartig was a great asset to the team averaging 5.1 rebounds per game and averaging 6.9 points per game. She obtained her scoring career high on February 14th, tallying 20 points against Boise State. Kelly ranked fourth in the Mountain West with a field goal pct. of .536.

Kim Mestdagh had another phenomenal season, leading the Mountain West in steals, averaging 2.6 steals per game, and in 3-point attempts made, and averaging 2.3 per game. In Colorado State’s history, Mestdagh ranks fourth in points with 1662, fourth in field goals made with 565, fourth in steals with 231, second in 3-Point field goals made with 288, and second in 3-point field goal attempts with 814. Kim was voted First-team all-conference for 2012 and was named Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year.

Season Highlights
Finished third in the Mountain West Conference
Finished 9-5 in MWC action
Swept Air Force and Boise State
Team ranked first in assists averaging 16.5 per game and in field goal pct. defense with .369
Mestdagh named first-team all-conference
Martin named second-team all-conference
Leader, scoring: Mestdagh, 223
Leader, assists: Forte and Mestdagh, 61
Leader, rebounds: Martin, 90